Painting is silent poetry, and poetry is painting that speaks. Plutarch

Monday, June 30, 2014

Working with watercolor crayons on A5 160 gsm Sketchpad = happy feelings

Hi friends,

well... what could be the best way to simplify a long blog into an one-liner....

Life is about using the whole box of crayons. ~RuPaul
that what I was doing for couple of days.. and its really addictive.. lots of colors... I am soo obsessed..

Last week I bought, a A5 sketchpad with 160 gsm paper weight.. as you can see, it looks quite hardy and sophisticated.

A5 Sketch pad- 160 gsm- good for watercolour crayons and light wash.

I am little shy to display my whole watercolour box set in public. I got wary, under curious unfamiliar eyes, so I decided, will be carrying watercolour crayons instead.

It is more peaceful to work without much public curious attentions. crayons are very easy to carry secretly in a pouch.. I also carry  koi water brush pen for light wash and 0.2 waterproof fine liner.

Mungyo watercolour crayons

36 crayon box

can you see all happy colours, and believe me they are really vibrant. its a Korean brand. I ordered it through snapdeals.com..

I was little apprehensive about, how the A5 160 gsm sketchbook pages will respond to these highly pigmented crayons.. but it turned out to be quite satisfactory..

I started decorating my sketchpad with some happy drawings...

address page

 yes.. that's how my cover page is looking like...

paper strength testing-- for watercolour crayons
next two pages, were for colors and paper strength testing... which was good.. light crayon swatches.. that's all you need.. otherwise you may get little pigmented stains at the back of your pages....
i keep my crayons in this small box...
This is a recycled souvenir-box-turned-into-essential-travel-art-case, now it contains 2 ml water brush pens, 1 fine liner, small water container and crayons..
it s a magic box actually, that helps me to be invisible in public...
I am loving this new meduim.. even planning to buy some Crayola crayons... 64 colors.... <3.. don't know if there is any cure for such color hunger... heehehee
Color is my day-long obsession, joy and torment. ~Claude Monet
till i come back... have a colourful day... <3

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

our other Bookcase


I was again clueless about what to add in my todays journal.

late afternoon, I suddenly found the Tabla Set displayed in the lowest shelf of our Bookcase, among the other books of Dan Brown and William Dalrymple, quite interesting ...

 Though, I did made similar sketching, a couple of days before-- portraying A handmade photo frame and our once-upon-a-time-Tibetan-singing-bowl- now-the-lucky-bamboo-pot  displayed with series of books by Rick Riordan and others...

Happiness in Hobbies
for both the sketches, I used Brustro 300 gsm Sheets, that I glued together to give a shape of a journal.. yeah I know.. glue idea didn't work... I had to use paper clips to keep those sheets together.. as they are falling apart...though these hard and toothy papers with ivory white tone help the colors to come out really vibrant. and that's quite satisfactory really.
After all... happy happy colors on happy papers make me real HAPPYYYYY..... 
I am going to receive a new 160 GSM sketchpad today.. I am keeping my finger crossed so that I can make some real colourful and vibrant sketches with my watercolour crayons on it... Hope it supports the load of pigments and washes...  

Friday, June 20, 2014

My new 110 gsm sketchbook

Hello friends,

its 09.44 pm at night, the whole day wasn't much exciting though.

Today, I have received my Brustro A5 110 gsm sketchbook through Snapdeal.

morning I was really excited and happy seeing its lovely stitched bound black cover and beautiful ivory toothed papers, a real rich vintage look it has, just the way I wanted.. but all my excitement went down when I found, other than Pen sketches, pencil sketches or dry crayons, these papers don't support ink and wash techniques,, its become blotchy with a little load of extra water or pigments.
though its working little better with Koi watercolour cakes but not with my Mungyo water soluble crayons.. and definitely not with my water soluble Pilot fine liners...
I am still trying to find out how to work with such challenges... whole day passed by and I am still experimenting.. hope will get some or the other satisfactory solution for this..

Thursday, June 19, 2014

My Art supplies for daily quick Ink and wash sketches


Its late afternoon and I had not drawn a single thing today.. but I have something else to share with you.. its about my art supplies for ink and wash daily journal. I am soo in love with them..

I had bought these a couple of months back, while researching about how to start my own ink and wash journals..

While watching YOU Tube Video of Diana Gessler and Cathy Johnson.. I have seen couple of things they used in their journals and got inspired, as a result I have started buying those staffs.. (whatever available online in India.) for me.

My complete Ink and wash supply at home.
here are the staffs,,,

now, if you want to exclude or include my wooden hair fork--which comes handy (for me of course) to pull back my unhealthy thin hair back into a bun-- others are really compact and useful supplies for loose ink and wash sketches.

  • One Water-soluble fine liner black - you can use Pilot or Staedtler or any other brand.. just for loose and soft initial sketches..
  • One waterproof fine liner - am using Staedtler 0.6 Pigment Liner for final works wherever necessary,, and of course for captions or stories related to my drawing..
  • Staedtler technical pencil... comes handy, when I am not so confident about how I will be drawing things correctly.. you know-- sometimes cheating can be forgiven... heehee
  • A water brush pen.. now these things are really handy and cool, you can even travel with them without much spillage and spoilage... This one came along with 24-Piece Sakura Koi Assorted Water Colours Field Sketch Set..
  • A water spray bottle - recycled of course from Aroma room freshener mist spray bottle..
  • A small water container- here it is Johnson and Johnson ear bud container- recycled and coloured..  
  • A small piece of sponge- for cleaning brush or some special effect
  • A small cut out of old Credit card- for scraping out colours or give special effect
  • Watercolour field sketch box-- customized for maximum variation of colours
and finally my home made Sketch Book--

don't know, whether was it a good idea or bad. I actually bought 6 sets of Brustro Watercolour Paper (7 x 10 inches) - 300 gsm (Pack of 2-each pack has 9 sheets) from snapdeal.com.-- they are quite good for stationary purchases..

I glued them together to give a shape of a compact sketchbook... but now the papers are coming out *sad eyes* ... but its still handy as long as I am using paper clips...

Now its time to tell tale about my customized watercolour box...

It is actually 24-Piece Koi Assorted Water Colours Field Sketch Set with brush.. it comes with 24 half pans, two sponges, one additional colour mixing palette and a very useful water brush pen. I added my own Daler Rowney 12 watercolour pocket half pans into it.. so now it has become 36 half pan set.. though there are duplications of colours.. but the brands are different so the color pigmentations are---and its ok with me.

as you can see the colours are vibrant..but Koi colours could be little chalky.

It is absolutely gorgeous for field sketches and must buy for sketchers... I will highly recommend them for travel sketching and leisure paintings.. if you want to go for serious painting.. please buy some artists grades from good brands like W & N cotman, Daler Rowney, Van gogh etc,,

that's all I have for my Ink and wash sketching.. which I usually carry at home, still trying to find that courage to bring it out in public... you know beginner's hesitation... but I do carry water soluble crayons and water brush for outdoor quick sketches... till than byeeeeee.... happy painting..

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

about my new hobby- Watercolor journalling

Few months, back while I was surfing through couple of websites and even checking out some You-Tube video tutorials.. I came across a very interesting arena  to express my daily observations, likings and amusements through paintings and sketches.

Mediums were many, though I liked the watercolour based loose sketches the most.

artists define these in different names and phases like urban sketching, art journaling, travel journaling, daily sketching, ... and soo on... and there are different methods too .. starting from more serious watercolour painting to loose ink and wash sketches.. from Plain Air acrylic to mixed media and image montages.. I liked the least detailed one of course.. Hee heee -- that's Ink and wash techniques.

 here are some sketches which I did..

Our reading place

Afternoon Nap

Urban Network

a piece of Sunshine

Loose ink and wash was my choice of expression on paper, nothing serious, just water-soluble ink sketches and light washes.. I felt soo happy after finishing a couple of sketches like that.. now I am working on how to build up the proper story lines to make it more journal kind of thing.

writing creative is another challenge for me... no very good with words and my grammar is ------... though..  but it is very relaxing and rejuvenating. loved it... and will continue...

past at present

its raining and clouded here.. hard not to mention that it is windy too .. I love this weather. today let me share some of my old works, as I had nothing specific to describe other than giving some past accounts..

here are some works, that had been shared in Facebook for more than 100 times already.
 you can visit all of them in the Face book page -- the mystic Canvas


King fisher - oil on Canvas board

Tagore in Black and white- oil on Canvas

Women - oil on Canvas

series-acrylic on Canvas Paper

series2- oil on Canvas

Budda in peace- Acrylic on Canvas

Reading - Acrylic on Canvas Pad

Baul- Acrylic on Canvas Board

Prakriti- Acrylic on Canvas

Buddha Series- Acrylic on Canvas Pad

Leap of Faith - Acrylic on Canvas

Udaan- Acrylic on Canvas

Celebration - acrylic on Canvas

Tuesday, June 17, 2014


Hello Friends

This is my first entry in my first ever blog-- It will be all about my journey in the world of colors, creativity and happiness.

here, I will update all new experiences of mine as I journey further and dive deep into the world of art --- starting from reading books to painting.. poems to cooking or shopping.

please excuse my incorrect English, Though I will try to hide the flaw with numerous photos and other funny things.

Hope you wont be disappointed...

This is the place where I spend hours everyday..